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Scottish bowlers facing tough openers

World champions Paul Foster and Alex Marshall will lead Scotland's challenge for success in the four- yearly World Outdoor Championships in Australia over the next 16 days.

After today's opening ceremony, the men will play round-robin singles and pairs while the women compete in pairs and triples, with the disciplines being reversed next week and all titles decided between December 6 and 9.

The Scots face tough opponents, with Foster's singles challenge starting with ties against Jamie Chestney, England's young Atlantic champion, and the leading Australian Leif Selby. Marshall will skip a four also including David Peacock, Darren Burnett and Graeme Archer against John Bezear's Canada team, followed by the host nation's Wayne Ruediger, Brett Wilkie, Mark Casey and Aron Sherriff.

Claire Johnston and Margaret Letham also face Canada and Australia in the women's pairs while Michelle Cooper, Caroline Brown and Lynn Stein face off against Jersey and South Africa in their 12-team section.

n Bill Knox, as chairperson, will lead Bowls Scotland's new-look board which will govern the sport for the next four years. Also on the six-member board are Anna Marshall, Bob Christie and Alan Davidson – they continue as directors of finance, development and competitions & events respectively – along with Colin Noon, in charge of marketing and communications, and William McVey, director of governance.

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